The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at wevl.org. In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at tim@wevl.org. If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

More than 15 years before Rankin Bass screened their animated version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on television, Jam Handy released this animated short of the same story directed by Max Fleischer.  From the Internet Archive, here is Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Sunrise Serenade: Jingle Bells

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Jingle Bells" by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

80 Year Old Bluebird Returns To The Water


In 1937, Sir Malcolm Campbell set a new world water speed record of 129.50 mph in his Bluebird K3 hydroplane, and the following year, he broke the 130 mph mark at 130.91 mph with the same boat.  Hemmings Motor News reported that now, 80 years after the vessel's last record, it has returned to the water.  After a 20-year-long restoration by current owner Karl Foulkes-Halbard, the Bluebird K3 managed a speed of 52 mph in a test on Bewl Water in Kent, U.K., in early September in Kent, U.K.

Sunrise Serenade: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" by Woody Herman and His Orchestra.  Enjoy the video below from YouTube.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Playlist For December 13, 2017

The playlist for the December 13, 2017 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Dese Bones Gonna Rise Again

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Dese Bones Gonna Rise Again" by the Golden Gate Quartet.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Portraits From 1940


Dull Tool Dim Bulb posted this series of four drawings with watercolor from around 1940.  The artist was a Ms. Lucy Moose, and these portraits show men in various poses.  Aside from being well dressed by today's standards (such attire would have been common for many men back then), all these gentlemen appear to be pretty relaxed.  Not a lot of action here.  These guys are just hanging out. 

Sunrise Serenade: Tuxedo Junction

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Tuxedo Junction" by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Monday, December 11, 2017

National Recovery Admnistration Sign

Here is another find from the Nashville Flea Market in October.  Straight from the New Deal, this is a metal National Recovery Administration (NRA) sign.  The NRA (no, not the National Rifle Association) was a federal agency created during the New Deal to help the country recover from the Great Depression, and businesses would hang these signs to show that they were participating in NRA programs.  It appeared to be original, and I have not found any reproductions available.  The asking price was $75.  Interestingly, I found another such sign in similar condition at another booth for $80.  I had not seen even one, much less two, of these signs prior to this occasion. 

Sunrise Serenade: When It's Christmas On The Range

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "When It's Christmas On The Range" by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line